List of Supreme Court of Canada cases (McLachlin Court)

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This is a chronological list of notable cases decided by the Supreme Court of Canada from the appointment of Beverley McLachlin as Chief Justice of Canada.

2000 – 2004[edit]

Case name Citation Date Subject
January 7, 2000 - Appointment of Beverley McLachlin as Chief Justice of Canada
Arsenault-Cameron v. Prince Edward Island [2000] 1 S.C.R. 3, 2000 SCC 1 January 13, 2000 language rights
Reference re Firearms Act [2000] 1 S.C.R. 783, 2000 SCC 31 June 15, 2000 Criminal law power
Lovelace v. Ontario [2000] 1 S.C.R. 950, 2000 SCC 37 July 20, 2000 Aboriginal gaming
R. v. Oickle [2000] 2 S.C.R. 3, 2000 SCC 38 September 29, 2000 common law rule of confessions
R. v. Darrach [2000] 2 S.C.R. 443, 2000 SCC 46 October 12, 2000 rape shield law
R. v. Morrisey [2000] 2 S.C.R. 90, 2000 SCC 39 September 29, 2000 Cruel and unusual punishment
R. v. Starr [2000] 2 S.C.R. 144, 2000 SCC 40 September 29, 2000 hearsay exception
Blencoe v. British Columbia (Human Rights Commission) [2000] 2 S.C.R. 307, 2000 SCC 44 October 5, 2000 Human Rights Commission
Free World Trust v. Électro Santé Inc. [2000] 2 S.C.R. 1024, 2000 SCC 66 December 15, 2000 Patent claim construction
Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v. Canada (Minister of Justice) [2000] 2 S.C.R. 1120, 2000 SCC 69 December 15, 2000 obscenity
R. v. Latimer [2001] 1 S.C.R. 3, 2001 SCC 1 January 18, 2001 assisted suicide
R. v. Sharpe [2001] 1 S.C.R. 45, 2001 SCC 2 January 26, 2001 Freedom of expression
United States v. Burns [2001] 1 S.C.R. 283, 2001 SCC 7 February 15, 2001 Extradition, death penalty, section 7, section 12
R. v. Ruzic [2001] 1 S.C.R. 687, 2001 SCC 24 April 20, 2001 defence of duress
Trinity Western University v. British Columbia College of Teachers [2001] 1 S.C.R. 772, 2001 SCC 31 May 17, 2001 religion in schools; judicial review
Mitchell v. M.N.R. [2001] 1 S.C.R. 911, 2001 SCC 33 May 24, 2001 aboriginal rights
Therrien (Re) [2001] 2 S.C.R. 3, 2001 SCC 35 June 7, 2001 judicial independence
R. v. Pan; R. v. Sawyer [2001] 2 S.C.R. 344, 2001 SCC 42 June 29, 2001 section 7, juries, disclosure
Law Society of British Columbia v. Mangat [2001] 3 S.C.R. 113, 2001 SCC 67 October 18, 2001 paramountcy doctrine; practice of law
R. v. Nette [2001] 3 S.C.R. 488, 2001 SCC 78 November 15, 2001 criminal causation
Cooper v. Hobart [2001] 3 S.C.R. 537, 2001 SCC 79 November 16, 2001 duty of care in torts
Dunmore v. Ontario (Attorney General) [2001] 3 S.C.R. 1016, 2001 SCC 94 December 20, 2001 freedom of association
Suresh v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) [2002] 1 S.C.R. 3, 2002 SCC 1 January 11, 2002 Constitutional challenge of deportation
Ahani v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) [2002] 1 S.C.R. 72, 2002 SCC 2 January 11, 2002 Constitutional challenge of deportation
Pepsi-Cola Canada Beverages v. RWDSU [2002] 1 S.C.R. 156, 2002 SCC 8 January 24, 2002 freedom of expression; secondary picketing
Ward v. Canada (Attorney General) [2002] 1 S.C.R. 569, 2002 SCC 17 February 22, 2002 division of powers
Théberge v. Galerie d'Art du Petit Champlain Inc. [2002] 2 S.C.R. 336, 2002 SCC 34 March 28, 2002 copyright
R. v. Handy [2002] 2 S.C.R. 908, 2002 SCC 56 June 21, 2002 similar fact evidence rule
R. v. Hall [2002] 3 S.C.R. 309, 2002 SCC 64 October 10, 2002 bail, section 11(e)
Sauvé v. Canada (Chief Electoral Officer) [2002] 3 S.C.R. 519, 2002 SCC 68 October 31, 2002 Right to vote for prisoners
Harvard College v. Canada (Commissioner of Patents) [2002] 4 S.C.R. 45, 2002 SCC 76 December 5, 2002 Harvard mouse, patenting higher lifeforms
Apotex Inc. v. Wellcome Foundation Ltd. [2002] 4 S.C.R. 153, 2002 SCC 77 December 5, 2002 Patents
Nova Scotia (Attorney General) v. Walsh [2002] 4 S.C.R. 325, 2002 SCC 83 December 19, 2002 Marital status and equality rights
Gosselin v. Quebec (Attorney General) [2002] 4 S.C.R. 429, 2002 SCC 84 December 19, 2002 Constitutional entitlement to social assistance.
Chamberlain v. Surrey School District No. 36 [2002] 4 S.C.R. 710, 2002 SCC 86 December 20, 2002 religion in schools; school board book selections
Siemens v. Manitoba [2003] 1 S.C.R. 6, 2003 SCC 3 January 30, 2003 criminal law power; constitutionality of VLT ban
Dr. Q v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia [2003] 1 S.C.R. 226, 2003 SCC 19 April 3, 2003 Judicial review
Miglin v. Miglin [2003] 1 S.C.R. 303, 2003 SCC 24 April 17, 2003 separation agreements
R. v. Buhay [2003] 1 S.C.R. 631, 2003 SCC 30 June 5, 2003 exclusion of evidence, search and seizure.
Starson v. Swayze [2003] 1 S.C.R. 722, 2003 SCC 32 June 6, 2003 capacity to consent to medical treatment
Trociuk v. British Columbia [2003] 1 S.C.R. 835, 2003 SCC 34 June 6, 2003 section 15 equality rights
Figueroa v. Canada (Attorney General) [2003] 1 S.C.R. 912, 2003 SCC 37 June 27, 2003 right to run for office
R. v. Asante-Mensah [2003] 2 S.C.R. 3, 2003 SCC 38 July 11, 2003 citizen's powers of arrest
N.S. v. Martin; N.S. v. Laseur [2003] 2 S.C.R. 504, 2003 SCC 54 October 3, 2003 constitution and tribunals
Doucet-Boudreau v. Nova Scotia (Minister of Education) [2003] 3 S.C.R. 3, 2003 SCC 62 November 6, 2003 the scope of section 24(1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Beals v. Saldanha [2003] 3 S.C.R. 416, 2003 SCC 72 December 18, 2003 conflict of laws
R. v. Malmo-Levine; R. v. Caine [2003] 3 S.C.R. 571, 2003 SCC 74 December 23, 2003 possession of marijuana Charter challenge
R. v. Clay [2003] 3 S.C.R. 735, 2003 SCC 75 December 23, 2003 possession of marijuana Charter challenge (second)
Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law v. Canada (A.G.) [2004] 1 S.C.R. 76, 2004 SCC 4 January 30, 2004 spanking allowed under Charter
CCH Canadian Ltd. v. Law Society of Upper Canada [2004] 1 S.C.R. 39, 2004 SCC 13 March 4, 2004 copyright infringement, fair dealing
Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Schmeiser [2004] 1 S.C.R. 902, 2004 SCC 34 May 21, 2004 patents
Harper v. Canada (Attorney General) [2004] 1 S.C.R. 827, 2004 SCC 33 May 18, 2004 freedom of speech, federal elections
SOCAN v. CAIP [2004] 2 S.C.R. 427, 2004 SCC 44 June 30, 2004 internet service providers as common carriers. Status of caches
Syndicat Northcrest v. Amselem [2004] 2 S.C.R. 551, 2004 SCC 47 June 30, 2004 Freedom of religion
R. v. Mann [2004] 3 S.C.R. 59, 2004 SCC 52 July 23, 2004 Section 8 search and seizure
Hodge v. Canada (Minister of Human Resources Development) [2004] 3 S.C.R. 357, 2004 SCC 65 October 28, 2004 Equality rights and comparator groups
Newfoundland (Treasury Board) v. N.A.P.E. [2004] 3 S.C.R. 381, 2004 SCC 66 October 28, 2004 equality, gender discrimination
R. v. Tessling [2004] 3 S.C.R. 432, 2004 SCC 67 October 29, 2004 privacy rights, section 8, thermal imaging
Peoples Department Stores Inc. (Trustee of) v. Wise [2004] 3 S.C.R. 461, 2004 SCC 68 October 29, 2004 director liability
Auton (Guardian ad litem of) v. British Columbia (Attorney General) [2004] 3 S.C.R. 657, 2004 SCC 78 November 19, 2004 Non-core services medical services not guaranteed under Charter
Reference Re Same-Sex Marriage [2004] 3 S.C.R. 698, 2004 SCC 79 December 9, 2004 extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples

2005 – 2009[edit]

Case name Citation Date Subject
R. v. Krymowski [2005] 1 S.C.R. 101, 2005 SCC 7 February 24, 2005 Hate speech
Gosselin (Tutor of) v. Quebec (Attorney General) [2005] 1 S.C.R. 238 , 2005 SCC 15 March 31, 2005 language rights
Casimir v. Quebec (Attorney General) [2005] 1 S.C.R. 257, 2005 SCC 16 March 31, 2005 Language rights
Canada (House of Commons) v. Vaid [2005] 1 S.C.R. 667 , 2005 SCC 30 May 20, 2005 Parliamentary privilege
Chaoulli v. Quebec (Attorney General) [2005] 1 S.C.R. 791, 2005 SCC 35 June 9, 2005 private health insurance; section 7.
Mugesera v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) [2005] 2 S.C.R. 100, 2005 SCC 40 June 28, 2005 Crimes against humanity; removal; judicial review
R. v. Marshall; R. v. Bernard [2005] 2 S.C.R. 220 , 2005 SCC 43 July 20, 2005 aboriginal logging rights
Provincial Court Judges' Assn. of New Brunswick v. New Brunswick (Minister of Justice) [2005] 2 S.C.R. 286, 2005 SCC 44 July 22, 2005 judicial independence
Imperial Tobacco v. British Columbia [2005] 2 S.C.R. 473 , 2005 SCC 49 September 29, 2005 gov't actions against tobacco companies
R. v. Turcotte [2005] 2 S.C.R. 519 , 2005 SCC 50 September 30, 2005 right to silence
E.B. v. Order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the Province of British Columbia [2005] 3 S.C.R. 45 , 2005 SCC 60 October 28, 2005 vicarious liability
Montreal (City) v. 2952-1366 Québec Inc. [2005] 3 S.C.R. 141 , 2005 SCC 62 November 3, 2005 freedom of expression
Kirkbi AG v. Ritvik Holdings Inc. [2005] 3 S.C.R. 302 , 2005 SCC 65 November 17, 2005 trade-marks
Charlebois v. Saint John (City) [2005] 3 S.C.R. 563 , 2005 SCC 74 December 15, 2005 minority language rights in New Brunswick
R. v. Labaye [2005] 3 S.C.R. 728, 2005 SCC 80 December 21, 2005 defining "indecent" in Criminal Code
R. v. Kouri [2005] 3 S.C.R. 789 , 2005 SCC 81 December 21, 2005 sister case to R. v. Labaye
Multani v. Commission scolaire Marguerite‑Bourgeoys [2006] 1 S.C.R. 256 , 2006 SCC 6 March 2, 2006 freedom of religion; banning kirpans in school
R. v. Rodgers [2006] 1 S.C.R. 554 , 2006 SCC 15 April 27, 2006 DNA collection
Childs v. Desormeaux [2006] 1 S.C.R. 643 , 2006 SCC 18 May 5, 2006 Social host liability
Mattel, Inc. v. 3894207 Canada Inc. [2006] 1 S.C.R. 722, 2006 SCC 22 June 2, 2006 Registered trademark infringement
Robertson v. Thomson Corp. [2006] 2 S.C.R. 363, 2006 SCC 43 October 12, 2006 Copyright in database content
Pro Swing Inc. v. Elta Golf Inc. [2006] 2 S.C.R. 612, 2006 SCC 52 November 17, 2006 Conflict of laws, enforcement of foreign judgment
R. v. Khelawon [2006] 2 S.C.R. 787, 2006 SCC 57 December 14, 2006 Hearsay evidence
Charkaoui v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) [2007] 1 S.C.R. 350, 2007 SCC 9 February 23, 2007 security certificates of terror suspect
Canada (Attorney General) v. Hislop [2007] 1 S.C.R. 429 , 2007 SCC 10 March 1, 2007 Charter; section 15 equality rights
R. v. Bryan [2007] 1 S.C.R. 527 , 2007 SCC 12 March 15, 2007 Publishing early election results
Canadian Western Bank v. Alberta [2007] 2 S.C.R. 3, 2007 SCC 22 May 31, 2007 Federalism and separation of powers
R. v. Hape [2007] 2 S.C.R. 292, 2007 SCC 26 June 7, 2007 extraterritoriality; cross-border crime; section 8 of the Charter
Kerr v. Danier Leather Inc. [2007] 3 S.C.R. 331 , 2007 SCC 44 October 12, 2007 business judgment rule
R. v. Kang-Brown [2008] 1 S.C.R. 456 , 2008 SCC 18 April 25, 2008 Section 8, constitutionality of sniffer dog, informational privacy
R. v. A.M. [2008] 1 S.C.R. 569 , 2008 SCC 19 April 25, 2008 Section 8, constitutionality of sniffer dog, informational privacy
R. v. D.B. [2008] 2 S.C.R. 3 , 2008 SCC 25 May 16, 2008 section 7 of the Charter; presumptive youth offences
Honda Canada Inc. v. Keays [2008] 2 S.C.R. 362 , 2008 SCC 39 June 27, 2008 Superseding Wallace v. United Grain Growers Ltd. in determining how damages for wrongful dismissal are assessed where there is bad faith in how the employer handles termination of employment
Apotex Inc. v. Sanofi‑Synthelabo Canada Inc. [2008] 3 S.C.R. 265, 2008 SCC 61 November 6, 2008 Canadian patent law
Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v. Khosa [2009] 1 S.C.R. 339, 2009 SCC 12 March 6, 2009 Standard of review in administrative law.
B.M.P. Global Distribution Inc. v. Bank of Nova Scotia [2009] 1 S.C.R. 504, 2009 SCC 15 April 2, 2009 Restitution and tracing
R. v. Patrick [2009] 1 S.C.R. 579 , 2009 SCC 17 April 9, 2009 section 8 of the Charter; search and seizure, reasonable expectation of privacy, informational privacy
R. v. Grant [2009] _ S.C.R. _, 2009 SCC 32 June 17, 2009 definition of detention; analytical framework for section 24(2) of the Charter
R. v. Harrison [2009] _ S.C.R. _, 2009 SCC 34 June 17, 2009 application of section 24(2) of the Charter to egregious police conduct
Alberta v. Hutterian Brethren of Wilson Colony [2009] 2 S.C.R. 567, 2009 SCC 37 July 24, 2009 Constitutionality of conflict between mandatory license photographs and freedom of religion
Miazga v. Kvello Estate [2009] _ S.C.R. _, 2009 SCC 51 November 6, 2009 tort of malicious prosecution
R. v. Basi [2009] 3 S.C.R. 389, 2009 SCC 52 November 19, 2009 Informer privilege
Grant v. Torstar Corp. [2009] _ S.C.R. _, 2009 SCC 61 December 22, 2009 tort of defamation, defence of responsible communication

2010 – Present[edit]

Case name Citation Date Subject
Bank of Montreal v. Innovation Credit Union [2010] 3 S.C.R. 3, 2010 SCC 47 November 5, 2010 Application of the Bank Act
R. v. J.A. [2011] _ S.C.R. _, 2011 SCC 28 May 27, 2011 advance consent to perform sexual acts while unconscious
Canada Trustco Mortgage Co. v. Canada [2011] 2 S.C.R. 635, 2011 SCC 36 July 15, 2011 Whether Bank liable to make payments to tax debtor when receiving cheques payable to tax debtor for deposit in account held jointly by tax debtor and third party
Canada (Attorney General) v. PHS Community Services Society [2011] _ S.C.R. _, 2011 SCC 44 September 30, 2011 safe injection site, constitutional law, section 7 of the Charter
Copthorne Holdings Ltd. v. Canada [2011] _ S.C.R. _, 2011 SCC 63 December 16, 2011 Income Tax Act[disambiguation needed], General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR), statutory interpretation
Reference re Securities Act [2011] S.C.R. , 2011 SCC 66 December 22, 2011 Constitutionality of the Parliament of Canada being able to regulate the issue and trade of securities of publicly owned companies
Doré v. Barreau du Québec [2012] _ S.C.R. _, 2012 SCC 12 March 22, 2012 Application of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to administrative tribunals
R. v. Tse [2012] _ S.C.R. _, 2012 SCC 16 April 13, 2012 Constitutionality of emergency wiretaps
Manitoba Metis Federation Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General) [2013] _ S.C.R. _, 2013 SCC 14 March 8, 2013 Aboriginal Law, Civil procedure
Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford [2013S.C.R] Dec 20, 2013 Constitutional law, Courts
Reference re Supreme Court Act, ss. 5 and 6 [2014] _ S.C.R. _, 2014 SCC 21 March 21, 2014 Supreme Court Quebec slots, Supreme Court Act amendment process, Supreme Court appointments
Peracomo Inc. v. TELUS Communications Co. [2014] _ S.C.R. _, 2014 SCC 29 April 23, 2014 Maritime law, marine insurance

Upcoming judgments[edit]

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